Russian diplomat shoots would-be robber in Rio, police say

The police in Rio de Janeiro say a Russian diplomat trying to repel an attempted robbery near the Olympic Park was involved in a shooting that left the assailant dead. The Russian embassy denied any of their employees were involved in the incident.

The police say the diplomat wrestled with a gunman who was trying to rob him, causing the weapon to go off and killing the criminal. In a statement to The Associated Press, the Russians refuted the police report.

The Russians also said none of their representatives are armed.

Authorities did not identify any of the people involved in the incident but said one man was a Russia vice consul.